East Lancashire dog attacks have left victims dead or scarred for life

Blackburn Citizen: Armed police take aim at bull-mastiff type dogs that attacked Daniel Boardman in 2011 Armed police take aim at bull-mastiff type dogs that attacked Daniel Boardman in 2011

EAST Lancashire has witnessed several horrendous dog attacks and maulings, often involving children.

And the problem has been reflected across Britain with several high profile deaths making the headlines in recent times.

Last November, four-year-old Lexi Branson was mauled to death by a pet dog despite her mother’s desperate attempts to halt the attack at a flat in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

And in May, Clifford Clarke, 79, was killed in a dog attack in his garden in Liverpool while two months earlier, Jade Anderson, 14, was mauled to death by four dogs while visiting her friend near Wigan.

In the past decade several children and adults across East Lancashire have been lucky to survive savage attacks from a variety of breeds.

In April, 2013, nine-year-old Owen Poole, of Delph Approach, Blackburn, was left facing facial surgery after being attacked by a Yorkshire Terrier while visiting a park with friends. The experience left him to frightened to leave his house.

In March, 2011, armed police and an expert in tranqulising lions were called to a house in Sands Road, Rishton, where 19-year-old Daniel Boardman was almost ripped apart by two giant bull mastiff-style dogs who launched a ‘ferocious’ attack on him while he was looking after them for a friend.

He was left with ‘life-changing’ injuries, with bites to his arms, legs and buttocks – some down to his bones.

In June that year five-year-old Courtney Bradshaw was playing in the bedroom of a friend’s house in Accrington when she was attacked by a bull terrier which savaged her face and head, requiring a seven-hour emergency operation and plastic surgery.

October, 2008, saw three-year-old Lucas Simpson needing eight stitches to his face after a Staffordshire Bull terrier bit him at his Hollins Grove, Darwen, home.

Eight months earlier Callum Chippendale, 10, of Gannow, Burnley, was mauled by the family pet ‘Staffie’ leaving him with facial injuries.

At the end of 2007 nine-year-old Nicola Dalby spent two months in hospital after being attacked by a bull mastiff in a garden during a party in Hapton.

And in May that year two-year-old Paige Allison needed plastic surgery after a Staffordshire bull terrier attacked her in a house in Shadsworth, Blackburn.

Terry O’Toole, reckoned only a treasured family ring saved him from losing his hand after an attack by a bull terrier in Rishton in February, 2004.

A month earlier a woman appeared in court after her bull terriers attacked 11-year-old Samina Talaty, of Dickens Street, Blackburn.

Other fatal dog attacks in the UK in recent years include South London where 71-year-old Gloria Knowles died after being attacked by a pack of dogs that she had gone to feed in November, 2012.

And in November, 2009 four-year-old John-Paul Massey was savaged by a family pet at his grandmother’s home in Liverpool.

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2:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

Enough is Enough, we cannot sit by and witness such tragic young lives being snatched away, if the parents cannot protect these young children then we as a responsible society must bring in new legislation that will work to rid our homes of such unpredictable breeds that are clearly a menace to society,we must start by licencing every single dog in the country and where there are irresponsible owners who refuse to comply and attempt to breed such types as pit bulls etc then we must give out a strong message that they will go to jail for a minimum of ten years ,,its the only way ,,We have failed all these young people who have fallen victim to dog attacks and its time for action,,,now,
Enough is Enough, we cannot sit by and witness such tragic young lives being snatched away, if the parents cannot protect these young children then we as a responsible society must bring in new legislation that will work to rid our homes of such unpredictable breeds that are clearly a menace to society,we must start by licencing every single dog in the country and where there are irresponsible owners who refuse to comply and attempt to breed such types as pit bulls etc then we must give out a strong message that they will go to jail for a minimum of ten years ,,its the only way ,,We have failed all these young people who have fallen victim to dog attacks and its time for action,,,now, noddy57

2:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

ANY dog can turn, ban ALL dogs - hows that for a knee jerk reaction
ANY dog can turn, ban ALL dogs - hows that for a knee jerk reaction jimpy0

3:24pm Wed 12 Feb 14

rudis_dad says...

jimpy0 wrote:
ANY dog can turn, ban ALL dogs - hows that for a knee jerk reaction
I suspect that you've had a bad experience with a dog, am I right? You'll notice that the vast majority of these attacks involve a particular breed or type of dog - specifically those bred for aggression, fighting or guard duties. With the exception fo the Yorkshire Terrier (and it really is an unusual case) you rarely hear of people being savaged by a poodle, a dachsund, a spaniel or a labrador do you? Yet these are all hunting dogs.

And the reason is this - all dog breeds have a genetic memory. Aggression is bred into the dog by selection and hybridisation, and drawn out of it by the use of fear, hunger and physical and psychological abuse by the owner/trainer.

I've had dogs around me all my life from being a baby of a few days old. I've never yet had one of my dogs turn on me, or anyone else for that matter, and the simple reason for that is that they've always been trained and cared for properly. A dog will only turn on you if it feels threatened or frightened, or is ill and in pain. It is up to the owner to be able to recognise this, and sadly the ineffectual, self-loathing, dim-witted remoulds who feel that it is necessary to own a dog like this to bolster their self-esteem (because that's the only reason they do own them) haven't got the intellectual or moral capacity to be able to deal with the dog properly.
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: ANY dog can turn, ban ALL dogs - hows that for a knee jerk reaction[/p][/quote]I suspect that you've had a bad experience with a dog, am I right? You'll notice that the vast majority of these attacks involve a particular breed or type of dog - specifically those bred for aggression, fighting or guard duties. With the exception fo the Yorkshire Terrier (and it really is an unusual case) you rarely hear of people being savaged by a poodle, a dachsund, a spaniel or a labrador do you? Yet these are all hunting dogs. And the reason is this - all dog breeds have a genetic memory. Aggression is bred into the dog by selection and hybridisation, and drawn out of it by the use of fear, hunger and physical and psychological abuse by the owner/trainer. I've had dogs around me all my life from being a baby of a few days old. I've never yet had one of my dogs turn on me, or anyone else for that matter, and the simple reason for that is that they've always been trained and cared for properly. A dog will only turn on you if it feels threatened or frightened, or is ill and in pain. It is up to the owner to be able to recognise this, and sadly the ineffectual, self-loathing, dim-witted remoulds who feel that it is necessary to own a dog like this to bolster their self-esteem (because that's the only reason they do own them) haven't got the intellectual or moral capacity to be able to deal with the dog properly. rudis_dad

5:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

jimpy0 says...

all that waffle to be proved wrong i have had dogs in the past - nothing to do with breeds, ANY dog can turn
all that waffle to be proved wrong i have had dogs in the past - nothing to do with breeds, ANY dog can turn jimpy0

5:43pm Wed 12 Feb 14

phil kernot says...

If a dog has a retard of a owner it will turn but 9/10 , the dog is. A viscous breed that has attacked , and shown signs of aggression I've seen 13/15 year olds chasing cats and timid dogs and it's the same reason , backward owners and parents , A dog won't turn viscous until its poked il treated or not happy with its surroundings , yes I have a dog , but we picked a small breed , because why would you get a dog that's powerfull than you because when it. Goes off how are you goin to bring it under control ,, ask yourself that
If a dog has a retard of a owner it will turn but 9/10 , the dog is. A viscous breed that has attacked , and shown signs of aggression I've seen 13/15 year olds chasing cats and timid dogs and it's the same reason , backward owners and parents , A dog won't turn viscous until its poked il treated or not happy with its surroundings , yes I have a dog , but we picked a small breed , because why would you get a dog that's powerfull than you because when it. Goes off how are you goin to bring it under control ,, ask yourself that phil kernot

6:42pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Stone Island: says...

jimpy0 wrote:
all that waffle to be proved wrong i have had dogs in the past - nothing to do with breeds, ANY dog can turn
Yes it can, but I'd rather have a Jack Russell turn on me, than a FOURTEEN STONE Bull Mastiff!
[quote][p][bold]jimpy0[/bold] wrote: all that waffle to be proved wrong i have had dogs in the past - nothing to do with breeds, ANY dog can turn[/p][/quote]Yes it can, but I'd rather have a Jack Russell turn on me, than a FOURTEEN STONE Bull Mastiff! Stone Island:

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